Top 12 reasons for FBI NICS background check denials over the past 15 years – by Chris Eger Over the past 15 years of data collected by the FBI’s NICS background check system just over a million applicants out of 183 million checks were denied to buy a firearm, almost all for one of 12 reasons. In November 1998, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS system went live and began the congressionally mandated process of clearing each potential gun buyer who went through an FFL holder. The center is located at the FBI’s

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